There’s nothing like plugging in your earbuds and pressing the play button on your favorite podcast for a quiet moment. Whether you’re in between classes, on your lunch break, or driving to your next destination, the podcasts we love can meet us where we’re at, but also take us where we want to go. Chances are you listen to these episodes solo, but, every time you press “play”, you’re connected to a wide community of like-minded listeners across the world – and that’s something to celebrate!
Listening to podcasts can be a wonderful outlet for self-care, rejuvenation, and relaxation, which are key elements of a truly healthy lifestyle. At Makeena, we’re passionate about helping you live your best life, and podcasts are opportunities to jumpstart your self-improvement journey and implement reflection into your days.
Chaka Khan once said, “When I was in my twenties, it felt like I was riding wild horses, and I was hoping I didn’t go over a cliff.” Your twenties are an exciting time – a season of challenges, triumphs, relationships, life lessons, and memories good and bad. It’s a time to seek advice, test the waters, and embark on the never-ending journey of writing your story, as cliché as it may sound. In these pivotal years, it can feel like life is anything but balanced. We’ve prepared a list of our 7 favorite podcasts for 20-somethings to live a more balanced life.
WHOA That’s Good Podcast with Sadie Robertson
Inspired by the question, “What is the best advice you have ever been given?”, the WHOA That’s Good Podcast takes listeners on a journey of self-reflection alongside guests from all walks of life – authors, athletes, musicians, speakers, and actors alike. Her latest episode is titled “How You Can Be Happier: Practical Tips and Advice,” featuring psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen. Their conversation investigates just why Americans are so unhappy in this era – and what you and I can do to change that. Give it a listen!
The Empath Podcast with Robin Scott
In a world where digital connectivity is instant, genuine connections – with ourselves and those around us – are becoming few and far between. Our day-to-day lives are fast-paced and jam-packed, but listening to The Empath Podcast is certain to help you feel grounded, as you move from one task to another. Hosted by Robin Scott, this series is rooted in helping you find your true purpose. Recent episode, “Aligning With Your Most Authentic Soul Frequency,” talks about alignment, trusting your work, and the process of success. Feeling like you’re in control of your own life is no easy feat, but The Empath Podcast can certainly help you take the first step.
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Next, this is the podcast for the leader within you, whether you lead by listening or tend to have the loudest voice in the room. Through intimate and deeply human conversations, the Unlocking Us podcast is a journey about empowering the leader within to change your corner of the world for the better. It’s the perfect collection of advice and thoughts for picking up the pen and writing the first words in your story. In the most recent episode, Brené Brown chats with Dr. Shawn Ginwright, author of The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves, about the role we play in mending a fractured world. It’s hopeful and personal, with an emphasis on real, raw collaboration.
More Than Work Podcast by Rabiah Coon
For emerging 20-somethings, it’s easy to feel defined by your title, your profession, your salary, or your daily work tasks – and this is evident now more than ever. In the aftermath of COVID-19, it is estimated that 26% of the American workforce will remain logged on and working remotely. Though remote work has proven benefits for flexibility, productivity, and the environment, it is becoming harder and harder to disconnect, log off, and call it a day. This new inability to separate work and life can become a subconscious slayer to mental well-being. If this sounds like you, check out the More Than Work Podcast with Rabiah Coon, for a weekly dose of discovering your own self-worth, aligning your work with your values, and instilling balance into your routine.
The Daily Stoic Podcast by New York Times Bestselling Author, Ryan Holiday
To continue, The Daily Stoic Podcast is a dynamic collection of daily stoic meditations, and weekly interviews with performers, actors, authors, and artists for one common goal: to help you live your best life. Stoicism, a deeply complex and enduring philosophy, can be adequately summarized in one word – balance – and it’s something we all crave in our highly digitized, competitive, and routinized lives. Make The Daily Stoic Podcast a part of your morning coffee run, walk, or journal time to help reclaim harmony, well-being, and stability when it matters most. It’s one of our favorites on our list of 7 podcasts for 20-somethings to live a more balanced life – and for good reason!
The Calmer You Podcast by Chloe Brotheridge, author of The Anxiety Solution
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 19.1% of US adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year. Regardless of whether or not you live with an anxiety disorder yourself, anxiety can wreak havoc on our daily lives, disrupt our routines, and cloud our perceptions of ourselves and those around us. Learning to thrive with anxiety is a challenge no doubt, but taking notice is the first step, and The Calmer You Podcast can help you cope, heal, and regain confidence. We think Chloe’s most recent episode, “How to handle the inner critic,” is extremely relevant for growth, self-esteem, and finding balance. Check it out!
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
Finally, this podcast is – we’ll say it – magic! With the primary goal of helping artists recover their creativity, Magic Lessons is for anyone ready to embark on their next big thing. It emphasizes intentionality, creation, collaboration for a better you, and a better world. Our favorite thing about this series is that the learning and growth doesn’t stop with the outro music. Host Elizabeth Gilbert provides listeners with homework assignments centered around imagination and inspiration to take you from your bedroom, to the gym, to your desk, and everywhere in between. Level up and give it a listen.
We hope you enjoyed our 7 podcasts to help 20-somethings to live a more balanced life. So, what are you waiting for? Head to your podcast app and press that triangular button on the outside, and the reset button on the inside. By listening to an episode a day, a week, or simply when you’re in the mood, you’re creating an atmosphere that represents your journey (and your destination!) of growth, enlightenment, wellness, and health. Podcasts are the gift that keeps on giving, and, with it, you’ll never stop learning, growing, empowering, and listening.